Contractors will see BIM requirements in public sector tender notices from March 2012, with the Ministry of Justice likely to be the first government department to test a project.
Cabinet Office head of BIM implementation David Philp (pictured) said 18 contracts with BIM competence as part of the prequalification questionnaire would be piloted, the first in March.
Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said the government was setting aside seven-figure sums to help the industry implement BIM.
The Cabinet Office steering group is holding meetings with different departments to explain what is required of them. Mr Philp confirmed the Ministry of Justice was the forerunner.
The government is mandating BIM across all its contracts by 2016. For the trial projects supply chains will be asked to record and share data in a spreadsheet.
Mr Philp said: “We want to see the right procurement and set the right rules but we also want them to get down to the industry supply chains. We are working with other departments to make sure this is not just about buildings.
“Let’s not limit the learning to the public sector, let’s talk to people in areas like aviation and expand the BIM conversation.”